Our work as high-end commercial painters and decorators South London takes us the length and breadth of the wonderful city that is London. Whether we’re working in Southwark or Waterloo, Wandsworth or Richmond, our time in South London is always a pleasure.
With magical markets, buildings steeped in history, and a world-class sporting event to boot, South London can never disappoint. We’d like to share what we find so great about all that is South London.
A brief look back at South London
Of course, we’re raring to go and to give you an overview of all of our favourite places to go and things to do in South London, but for those who perhaps aren’t local, here’s a little bit of background on South London.
As the southern part of London, South London is south of the River Thames and includes boroughs such as Bexley, Croydon, Southwark, and Merton.
The area began as Southwark at the end of London Bridge and in 1720 John Strype declared it one of 4 distinct areas that went to make up London. The area developed slowly until the 19th century with the emergence of the railways allowing ease of travel across the London area.
What is there to see and do in South London?
Known for its vibrant nightlife, South London is a great place to be, but there is so much more to this area than pubs, clubs, and an amazing night out.
Why would a windmill make the list you may ask. Well, it’s not just any old windmill: Brixton Windmill is the last working windmill in the whole of London. With guided tours of this landmark, you can learn about its 200-year history and also take time to enjoy the impressive gardens that surround the mill.
Built in 2016, this mill was left to fall into disrepair. Now fully restored and functioning, the owners use the same millstones that were being used back in 1902. We’re sure that you can’t help but appreciate the history on offer when you visit.
From the old to the new, the stunning London Eye stands proudly on the South Bank of the River Thames. Also known as the Millennium Wheel, it is the UK’s most popular paid-for tourist attraction: attracting a whopping 3 million visitors each year.
Technically the London Eye is classed as a cantilevered observation wheel, and standing at 443 ft tall it is the tallest of its kind across the whole of Europe. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the height of the structure means that it provides for breathtaking views across London.
As high-end painters and decorators, it will probably come as no surprise that we fans of impressive architecture. With Charlton House being built between 1607 and 1612and seen as the finest surviving Jacobean manor house in England, there is certainly plenty to admire (it’s one of those places where we would even consider using Farrow and Ball if we had the chance!).
Originally constructed for Sir Adam Newton, Charlton House is now cared for by the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust. With free entry to both the house and gardens, there really is no reason not to make this a day out and be astounded by the beauty of this manor house.
With records showing the existence of a building on this site dating all the way back to 960 AD, Croydon Palace is more famously known as being the summer residence for the Archbishop of Canterbury for over 500 years. Throughout the years, Croydon Palace saw regular visits from Henry III and Elizabeth I, as well as being the place that James I of Scotland was imprisoned in 1412.
Now a girls school, Croydon Palace is still open to tours by the public. We’d recommend taking in the stunning Great Hall that is widely regarded as being the finest medieval hall in the whole of London.
What’s on in South London
Being steeped in history, with stunning examples of architecture from years gone by, South London has plenty to see and admire, and when it comes to events, you won’t be let down here either:
1) New Years Eve
Where else is there to be on New Year’s Eve other than South London? With the action taking place along the South Bank of the Thames, the New Year is welcomed with the chimes of the iconic Big Ben before a breathtaking display of fireworks.
With fireworks being launched from near the London Eye as well as from barges on the River Thames, London’s display is nothing short of world-leading (but we’ve come to expect nothing less from what is clearly the greatest city in the world!).
2) Tooting Market
I’m sure you can probably tell from our previous posts that we love a good market! South London doesn’t fail to deliver here. For over 80 years Tooting Market has been South London’s premier indoor market. With fresh foods, vintage and retro fashion, music, arts and crafts, and even hair and nail salons on offer, this market truly caters to all tastes.
Being open every day of the week, it’s not just the stalls that keep customers coming back time and time again: Tooting Market also has a great reputation for its food scene. Do you really need any other reason to go and see this for yourself?
Okay, so you can’t just pop in and watch the likes of Murray and Nadal on a whim, but if you’re a fan of tennis then you’ll know that this is the ultimate in tennis tournaments. With the first Wimbledon tournament taking place in 1877, this is a tournament that has gone from strength to strength and sees the world’s best players converge on this part of South London each year.
There are also tours available that allow you to take in the museum and, of course, the obligatory gift shop!
At GSD Commercial Painting Company we’d love to be able to tell you about everything that South London has to offer, but that would truly take far too long. We hope that we have at least whet your appetite for what is a stunning area of London